You would never know from one of the latest releases to emanate from Gov. Phil Murphy’s press office that things are tense between the governor and Democratic legislative leaders; so tense that some commentators suggest any meaningful progress on the governor’s agenda is questionable, absent some improbable kumbaya. The tone from the governor’s quarters is undaunted.
The press release marks the governor’s 500th day in office and trumpets his accomplishments, not least that he has signed close to 300 bills into law “in partnership with the Legislature,” more than any governor at this point in their first term since Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Moreover, Murphy announced that his administration “has fulfilled or is meaningfully making strides on 47 out of 52” core campaign commitments to build a stronger and fairer New Jersey.
The highlights of the first 500 days listed in the press release are: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; enacting paid sick leave for all workers; requiring equal pay for equal work; investing in NJ TRANSIT; making New Jersey a leader in gun safety; moving New Jersey towards clean energy; expanding pre-K; putting New Jersey on a pathway to fully funding public schools; providing tuition-free community college; and restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.